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Thursday, 13 December 2012

Review: ANGELOLOGY

Angelology by Danielle Trussoni
Book 1 of Angelology series
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: hardback

About Angelology:
1943: The preserved corpse of an Angel is discovered in the Devil's Throat Gorge in the Bulgarian mountains. Only a select few are party to this discovery, including a young nun who is later taken in a state of distress to a Convent in upstate New York and never speaks about it again. Until now.

The present: When Sister Evangeline finds mysterious correspondence between Mother Innocenta of the Saint Rose Convent and legendary philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller, it confirms that Angels once walked among us - and their descendants, the cruel Nephilim, still do.

Indeed, the Nephilim are hunting for artefacts concealed by Abigail Rockefeller during the Second World War - objects that will ultimately allow them to enslave mankind - and have so far been prevented from reaching their apocalyptic goal by one clandestine organisation: the Angelology Society.

And if the Angelologists are to stand any chance of winning this new battle in the ages-old war, they must find the artefacts first. But their fate rests in the hands of innocent Sister Evangeline, who holds the key to unlocking Abigail Rockefeller's hiding places ... and whose destiny may yet find her prey to the terrifying Nephilim army, with horrifying consequences for humanity.

Angelology moves with electifying sweep from the icy mountains of Bulgaria to Nazi-occupied Paris, to twentieth century New York, as the greatest conspiracy of them all is finally brought to light.
Source: Info in the About Angelology was taken from the publishers' press release.

Review:
It took me a very long time indeed to read this book so pace-wise this book was not very fast at all. That tells us that while the story might be good, the story telling quality is not that compelling. And then when I got to the end, it was a cliffhanger. Now, cliffhangers drive me up the wall. Safe to say, I was more than a bit miffed. The thing I learned about reviewing books is that it is not good for me to review books when I am feeling miffed because I tend to be very sarcastically sharp-tongued and that is so not fair to do to this book because Danielle Trussoni obviously poured a lot of time and effort into this book which is evident in the substantial amount of researched facts that I could glean in the book. Although the idea of angels living among us in our contemporary world is not unique, Trussoni created an interesting world of Angels in this book beefed up by already established ideas of mythology, religion, geographical and historical facts that makes this urban fantasy world so very plausible. And because this world played with known facts, it made it very easy to connect with the world of Angelology. It also brought the suspension of disbelief up a notch. And, I also like the way Trussoni woved the Christian "War In Heaven" mythology into modern day living, creating a fresh new urban fantasy world. So I am kinda hoping that the next book in the series, Angelopolis (to come out in January March 2013), would improve on the pace and the ending while continuing with the beautiful premise that this series has!

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 2.5
Character development = 2.5
Story itself = 2.5
Ending = 0.5
World building = 4
Cover art = 3.5
Pace = 1
Plot = 1.5

Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 cherries

Thank you to Penguin for the review copy of Angelology by Danielle Trussoni received.

FTC Disclosure:
No money payment received for this review.

4 comments:

Blodeuedd said...

I say...no. Slow moving books can work, some are just like that. But some are just like you say not compelling

Cherry Mischievous said...

Blodeuedd - Yeah, the book could use an injection of compelling magic :)

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Part of me wanted to try this one, and part of me wasn't so gun-hoo about it like others. Thanks for the honest review here.

Cherry Mischievous said...

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) - Or alternatively you can wait until the second book comes out and see how that one pans out...

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